Monthly Archives: July 2019

Trim/Tilt for Outboards and Inboard/Outboards (I/Os)

Al asks: “Are there any articles addressing Out Drive tilt/trim?” Many outboards and most inboard/outboards (I/Os) come equipped with power trim which raises or lowers the drive unit. In this case the term “trim” refers to the running position of the engine drive unit. Although most people know that the trimming movement raises and lowers […]

Operating in Reduced Visibility

Boating during the fall can bring special challenges for the mariner. In addition to the need to be aware of reduced temperatures which can lead to hypothermia , you also at times have to deal with reduced visibility.   Fog is the primary cause of reduced visibility, but haze, heavy rain and snow all present […]

Understanding the Danger of Propeller Strikes

In the news recently was a report of a man who was tubing getting severely injured when his leg was hit by the propeller of the boat that was pulling him. That urged me to remind all boaters of the danger of propeller strikes. Did you know? A typical three-blade propeller running at 3,200 rpm can […]

Crew Overboard

You are operating a powerboat on a fair sea when a crew member falls overboard on the port side. You should take a hard turn to the _______? Boats react differently than cars and actually are steered from the stern and rotate around a pivot point. This pivot point is approximately one-third of the way […]

How Locks Work

Locks are used to move boats between bodies of water that have different levels. This example, the St. Lucie Lock, is one in a series of five locks that allow boats to traverse the Okeechobee Waterway across the State of Florida from Stuart to Ft. Myers. When going east to west, you are lifted up […]

But I Don’t Want To Be In Charge! (Continued)

The last article focused on suddenly finding yourself in charge of a small outboard vessel, but what if the owner/skipper is suddenly injured, becomes ill or falls overboard on an inboard boat or, worse yet, a large inboard twin engine. Once again, you were just along for the ride, you don’t know anything about the […]

Adventures in Galveston Bay

My husband and I own a small trawler. It’s a 34 footer, with a single 135 hp Ford Lehman diesel and a 4.5 kW generator. We draw 4 feet, and carry radar, 2 Lorans, and 2 VHF radios, plus some other assorted equipment. My husband, Reggy, has been sailing for over 35 years. I am […]


PRE-DEPARTURE FLOAT PLAN Owner’s Name Propulsion: Outboard I/O Inboard Single Screw Twin Screw Outboard Gas I/O & Inbd. Gas Diesel Address Boat Name Engine Type Boat Type/ Length Departure/ Destination Points Boat Color Route Safety Equip. (Beyond Req.) Expected Return Date & Time Date/Time to call search Phone# of Local U.S.C.G. Station If trailering: Automobile License […]

Clean Boating – How to do Your Part

Environmental Concerns: Petroleum in or on the water is harmful and, in some cases, fatal to aquatic life. Benzene, a carcinogen, is in gasoline. Oil contains zinc, sulfur, and phosphorous. Once petroleum is introduced into the water, it may float at the surface, evaporate into the air, become suspended in the water column or settle […]